Experts Share Tips On Preventing Frozen Pipes

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As bitter cold temperatures roll into parts of South Jersey this week, pipes in your home could be at risk of freezing. Experts are sharing some tips on how to prevent a very costly problem to fix. 

It’s a sight no one wants to see in their home — frozen pipes.

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Ted Laury, president of Laury Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, says his business has received many calls requesting help with the problem.

“What we’re seeing as being the biggest problem is where you have outside faucets ... called a hose bib," says Laury, "and a lot of people leave the hoses attached to the hoses, and that prevents the frost-free hose bibs from draining out and holds the water, thus freezing."

To protect pipes from freezing, officials with the American Red Cross recommend adding insulation around areas without protection by installing pipe sleeves or heat tape.

Laury mentions another tech savvy item many homeowners currently use to monitor the temperature within their homes.

“What is gaining in popularity are these nest thermostats that are communicating thermostats," says Laury. "So if you do go away, you can check the temperature of your house from a remote location right from your iPhone.” 

But if all else fails, “We do have 24-hour emergency service," says Laury. "So anytime you have a pipe that freezes or a plumbing emergency, you can call our number and we have men on staff that can run right out.” 

To learn more, visit redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.html.

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